June is not a big holiday month but there might be some Father’s Day promotions around the 15th, especially food specials. And if you didn’t buy your mom some gambling books for Mother’s Day or you did but she doesn’t want to share them with Dad, you might want to consider buying him one of the books in the Frugal Gambler series as a Father’s Day gift. Some are available for eBooks as well as in paperback at http://www.shoplva.com/collections/video-poker/book.
The Players Club Bonus Points list (http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/greatdeals-slotpromotions.cfm) is back and being updated as quickly as Scot can get the information from the casinos. With the 1st being on a Sunday – and casinos notoriously often revealing their promotions very last-minute and even late – you might need to check for updates the 2nd and 3rd. Plus sometimes there are mid-month bonus days added so it pays to consult this list often. On the same note, many casinos do not update their Web sites at the beginning of the month. That is one of my major gripes!!!!!
“Play for Prizes” (replacing the old “Play, Earn, and Win”) again has two earning periods. The first is Monday through Friday, June 2-13 and features Kohl’s and Earl of Sandwich gift cards. Second is Monday through Friday, June 16-27, and offers Chevron Gas cards and Terrible Herbst services. Redemption times are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m.-midnight.
Gift days in June are the 1st, 8th, 14th, and 28th. To earn the gift-of-the-day, you need 100 base points on video slots or 500 base points on video poker between 12:01 a.m. and 6:59 p.m.
A new item in the June mailers: slot tournaments being held on Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Grand prize drawings at 7 p.m. See Club Palms for details.
Regular weekly drawings continue on Fridays at 7 p.m. The mailer again mentions that the everyone-wins feature is active for June – $10 if you activated your entries – even if your name is not called. 2x entries can be earned on Sundays and Tuesdays; 5x entries are given on play Friday and Saturday nights between 8 p.m. and midnight.
The rotating 20% senior discount moves to the Gift Shop every day for the whole month of June. Senior days are on Thursdays, with discounted food offers and other promotions.
Saturdays are gift-card days, with an assortment of gas, grocery, and shopping cards. The mailer mentions “Best Buy, Albertsons, Wal-Mart, and more!” 1000 base points earns you a $10 gift card, with a max of 4 per day.
Drawings for electronics are held at 8 p.m. each Saturday for table game players.
Get 250,000 free bonus coins for joining the Ellis Island Online Casino. “Win comps, free play, food and much more.” (https://play.ellisislandcasino.com/account/login/)
Senior Wednesdays offer many promotions for the 50+ crowd, at all the Stations and now back at the Fiesta Casinos. Some of these are new this month, including a Spin-and-Win drawing.
A new promotion is Military Mondays for veterans, active duty, Reserves and National Guard armed forces. When you sign up for this program, you will get a “Military Edition” Boarding Pass and become eligible for exclusive deals on Mondays.
The $1.5 Million World of Winners promotion runs from June 2-29 at all properties. Swipe-and-Win on Fridays and Saturdays and Spin-and-Win on Sundays. Check the details at the players club.
From their promotional e-mail:
Throughout June, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive a Hawaiian shirt to add to their summer wardrobe. Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is saying ‘thank you’ to Club Cortez members by offering free White Castle cheeseburgers every Thursday in June. The complimentary burgers can be enjoyed by Club Cortez members from noon to 6 p.m. while they play slots and table games on the casino floor. White Castle is famous for their one-of-a-kind Slyder ®, which offers a delicious hamburger patty with White Castle’s signature steamed onions and cheese.
BOYD PROPERTIES (Sam’s Town, The Orleans, Suncoast, and Gold Coast)
The Gold Coast is continuing their Monday Senior Bonus Days. (These are in addition to the Young at Heart-50+ Wednesdays that run at all four properties.)
Once again I am confounded by the promotional details for this group. Here are the June point multipliers, Fridays and Saturdays at all four properties, information taken from their Web site (https://www.bconnectedonline.com/whats-new,517,54343):
- 15X Points on Penny Reels
- 11X Points on Penny Slots
- 7X Points on Video Poker
No point max on points earned! Before you play…Visit any kiosk to activate your point multiplier.
So far so good, especially the unlimited points! But then there is the fine print that throws a curve ball to players who do not have a local address:
Participants may earn a bonus point multiplier on Fridays and Saturdays during the Promotion from 3:00am to 11:59pm. The bonus point multiplier is open to all B Connected members at Suncoast and Sam’s Town Las Vegas. Local B Connected participants with their mailing address in the zip code range of 890-891 may qualify for the point multiplier at The Orleans and Gold Coast. Participants must swipe at the kiosk to activate the bonus point multiplier. Management reserves all rights. See B Connected Club for details.
I don’t blame out-of-towners who feel insulted; evidently the management reserves the right to unfriend you. And just when I was trying to figure out why a casino would run this promotion that excludes a large group of customers who want to give them their business, I see a full page in today’s paper advertising, in big print, a dinner buffet special price of $7.77 for Sunday through Thursday. But down at the bottom of the ad, in tiny print, is this notice: Price valid for Locals only with B Connected Card.”
I am known for being a reasonable person. I don’t consider casinos my enemy. They are companies that need to make a profit to stay in business. I want them to succeed so they can continue to be my prime place for entertainment. But I just don’t understand many of their policies that seem so customer-unfriendly. So many promotions have unclear or incomplete rules. There are so many restrictions in the fine print. Many casinos say they “love” us. But then they treat us in a way that wants us to seek a divorce!